From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 12/12:

Today James, the brother of Jesus and leader of the church in Jerusalem, writes a letter to the Jewish Christians, during a time of persecution, to encourage them to live out their faith. He tells them that wisdom comes from the Lord and temptation is from Satan. James goes on to give them 4 instructions for living as Christ followers:

1) Be doers of the Word – “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Works don’t save you but they do prove your faith. James gives examples using the lives of Abraham and Rahab. Both Abraham and Rahab acted based on faith; Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Issac, and Rahab’s willingness to hide the spies and allow them to take refuge with her family under her roof while the Israelites marched around Jericho.

2) Don’t be prejudiced- It appears that favoring the rich is a problem within the church. So James rebukes – “Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?…If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.”

3) Control the tongue – “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell…But no man can tame the

tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.”

4) Don’t envy – “But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.”

More from James tomorrow so keep reading.

(James 1:1-3:18)



From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 12/4:

When Paul appears before Felix in Caesarea, his accusers say, “For we have found this man a plague, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. He even tried to profane the temple, and we seized him, and wanted to judge him according to our law.”

Paul responds saying, “they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city. Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me. But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets. I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward

God and men.”

After hearing both sides, Felix sends Paul back to prison but with liberty and rights to visitations. However, to win the favor of the Jews, Felix leaves Paul in prison for 2 years. “But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix.”

Festus honors the Jews’ request and agrees to send Paul back to Jerusalem to be tried. But Paul, not wanting to be tried in Jerusalem, invokes his rights as a Roman citizen and requests that his case be appealed before Caesar – “For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.”

When the Jewish King Agrippa II (son of King Herod Agrippa I who killed James and great-grandson of Herod the Great who killed the babies in Bethlehem in search of Jesus) visits Cæsarea, Festus presents Paul’s case to him. Festus does not believe that Paul has broken any laws.

So Paul again shares his testimony of how he once persecuted Christians but when he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus his life forever changed.

Paul uses his life to teach everyone he can about Christ, no matter his circumstances or the cost to himself. Paul says, “Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come- that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”

“Then Agrippa said to Paul, ‘You almost persuade me to become a Christian.’ And Paul said, ‘I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.'”

King Agrippa II and the others conclude that Paul is not deserving of death or chains but since Paul requested to go before Cæsar, tomorrow Paul is off to

Rome. Keep reading.

(Acts 24:1-26:32)

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From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 6/19:

Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, is the new king of Israel, and he does evil in the sight of the Lord, so God delivers Israel into the hands of the Syrians. Hazael, the king of Syria, decimates Israel’s army, but when King Jehoahaz pleads with the Lord (one of the few northern kings who actually calls on the Lord) the Lord delivers them from the hand of the Syrians. God honors those who call upon Him. After Jehoahaz dies, his son Jehoash becomes the next king of Israel.

The king of Syria then turns toward Judah, so King Joash gives Hazael all the sacred things from his home and the house of the Lord. The Syrian king takes the goods and goes home, but judgment still comes upon Joash and the leaders of the people of Judah who had caused the king’s heart to turn from the Lord and kill the prophet Zechariah (2 Chron. 24:17-22; Matt. 23:35). King Joash is killed by his servants and his son, Amaziah, becomes the next king of Judah.

The reading ends with the Syrians attacking Israel and Elisha telling Jehoash, king of Israel, that they would defeat the Syrians. “And Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz,” King Jehoash’s dad. “But the Lord was gracious to them, had compassion on them, and regarded them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, and would not yet destroy them or cast them from His presence.”

Elisha dies today as well as Hazael, king of Syria. Ben-Hadad, Hazael’s son, becomes the next king of Syria and Jehoash, king of Israel, defeats him 3 times as prophesied by Elisha—for God honors the king who came to seek and to honor the dying prophet.

Tomorrow we meet a prophet named Jonah who is in for a great adventure. 🐳 Keep reading!

(2 Kings 13:1-11, 2 Kings 12:17-21, 2 Chronicles 24:23-27, 2 Kings 13:14-25)

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From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 6/18:

Today Athaliah murders all the royal heirs except her grandson Joash escapes. Joash’s aunt hides him for 6 years and when he is 7 years old his uncle, Jehoiada the priest, organizes a revolt. See, the Lord isn’t going to allow someone to wipe out all the heirs of King David because God is keeping His promise and working His plan to send our Savior through this bloodline.

So Jehoiada the priest makes Joash king of Judah and has Athaliah killed. While Jehoiada the priest was alive the king and all the people served the Lord. But once Jehoiada the priest dies, King Joash begins listening to the wicked advice of the leaders in Judah. “Therefore they left the house of the Lord God of their fathers, and served wooden images and idols; and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem because of their trespass. Yet He sent prophets to them, to bring them back to the Lord, and they testified against them, but they would not listen.”

Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada, pronounces judgement on the people for turning from the Lord. King Joash has the people stone him and as Zechariah is dying he says “The Lord look on it, and repay!”. The Lord will repay this evil just as He promised His children in the wilderness. “It is mine to avenge; I will repay…” (Deut 32:35)

We end the reading back in Israel where the Lord is allowing Israel’s enemies to overtake them bc they will not turn from their wickedness to the Lord, although the Lord has graciously warned them over and over again through His prophets. “In those days the Lord began to cut off parts of Israel; and Hazael conquered them in all the territory of Israel…” King Jehu dies and his son Jehoahaz becomes the next king of Israel.

Tomorrow Hazael, king of Syria, goes up against Judah and we hear Elisha’s final prophecy. Keep reading.

(2 Kings 11:1-3, 2 Chronicles 22:10–12, 2 Kings 11:4-12, 2 Chronicles 23:1-11, 2 Kings 11:13-16, 2 Chronicles 23:12-15, 2 Kings 11:17-21, 2 Chronicles 23:16-21, 2 Kings 12:1-16, 2 Chronicles 24:1-22, 2 Kings 10:32-36)

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From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 6/12:

Today the Syrians learn that God is the God of the hills and the valleys! 🙌 The Israelites again defeat the Syrians resulting in Ben-Hadad, the king of Syria, surrendering to Ahab. Ben-Hadad promises to restore all that his father took from Israel so Ahab makes a treaty with him. 😏 The Lord has already told His people not to make treaties with the nations around them. Plus, the Lord just delivered the Syrians, who were blaspheming Him, into the hands of Israel. He did not deliver them to Israel for Israel to make a treaty with them but to destroy them.

So God sends a prophet to rebuke Ahab. “Because you have let slip out of your hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore your life shall go for his life, and your people for his people.” We will see this play out when Ahab gets killed by a Syrian soldier (1 Kings 22:34-35) and the people suffer at the hands of a Syrian king, Hazael (2 Kings 8:12-13). So Ahab goes home sullen and displeased.

Ahab continues his baby pout 🍼 when he sees a vineyard he wants but Naboth refuses to give it to him. Naboth is following the instructions of the Lord by not transferring his inheritance to another (Deut 19:14). Well, Jezebel sees her husband pouting and decides to take matters into her own hands and comes up with an idea! 💡 She has Naboth falsely accused of speaking against the Lord and stoned to death. This news cheers Ahab right up so he leaves to go and enjoy his newly acquired vineyard. However, the Lord is displeased.

God sends Elijah to tell Ahab that because of his wickedness the Lord will destroy Ahab and his household and the dogs will lick his blood in the place where Naboth was killed, and the dogs will eat Jezebel within the walls of Jezreel. 😳 Yikes! She is about to go down in a major way and this will all play out soon in the Story.

The reading ends with an alliance between Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, and Ahab, king of Israel, through marriage. Jehoshaphat’s son, Jehoram, is married to Ahab’s daughter, Athaliah. Ahab asks Jehoshaphat to go to battle with him against Syria and said that his 400 prophets said they would have victory. But Jehoshaphat isn’t really interested in what these false prophets, who just tell Ahab what he wants to hear, have to say. Jehoshaphat tells Ahab to inquire of a prophet of the Lord. Ahab doesn’t like this idea bc the prophet of the Lord never tells him what he wants to hear but instead speaks truth. But Ahab listens to Jehoshaphat and finds a true prophet of the Lord still living in Israel, Micaiah.

Tomorrow we see the Lord’s response to Ahab so keep reading.

(1 Kings 20:23-22:9, 2 Chronicles 18:1-8)

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From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 6/11:

Elijah has a lot going on in today’s reading. He goes to Zarephath where a widow shows great faith by feeding him first from her last meal for her and her son before they die of starvation. The Lord rewards her faith by keeping her flour bin and oil jar full until the drought is over.

However, the widow’s faith waivers when her son dies. She blames his death on her own sin and asks Elijah if he came to kill her son. The Lord, who is always faithful, brings her child back to life when Elijah prays over the boy. The widow’s faith in the Lord is restored.

Later in the Story, Jesus will use this story of Elijah visiting the widow to rebuke the unbelieving Jews and to illustrate that when they don’t believe, the Lord sends His prophets out to others, even to Gentiles. “But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land,” (Luke 4:25) but Elijah left Israel and visited a woman in Zarephath.

After the 3 years and 6 months of drought, the Lord sends Elijah back to Ahab to tell him the drought is coming to an end. There we learn that Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, has been killing the prophets of the Lord. Elijah challenges the 450 Baal prophets who have been sitting at the table with Jezebel.

Elijah says that they will each build an altar “and the God who answers by fire, He is God!”. The prophets of Baal go first and they begin to call on Baal to bring fire upon the offering but Baal does not answer.

After some time, Elijah steps forward, covers his altar in water and calls upon the Lord of Abraham, Issac, and Israel. The Lord rains fire down 🔥 and consumes the offering and the people fall to the ground shouting “The Lord, He is God!”. Then Elijah kills all the Baal prophets. Afterwards, Elijah prays 7 times for rain and the Lord sends the rain.

Well, when ole Jezebel hears about all this she seeks to kill Elijah. Elijah is now off in the wilderness under an tree praying for the Lord to just kill him. 😳 That’s strange. How can he be so low after experiencing a major spiritual high with the victory at Mount Carmel? 🤔 Maybe, just maybe, it can be extremely difficult doing what the Lord calls you to do, especially if it appears you are standing alone.

But Elijah isn’t alone. He has God! And instead of killing Elijah, the Lord revives him and sends him a helper, Elisha, who will eventually take his place. Then God encourages Elijah further by letting him know that there are 7,000 others who did not bow a knee to Baal. 🙌 See, the Lord knows whose heart is loyal to Him and He will encourage His people for the work of His Kingdom.

The reading ends with Ahab defeating the Syrians but the Syrians attack again tomorrow so keep reading.

(1 Kings 17:8-20:22)

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From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 6/10:

There is war between Baasha, king of Israel, and Asa, king of Judah. Instead of trusting the Lord, Asa makes a treaty with the king of Syria and the Lord rebukes him: “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”

The Lord says against Baasha, because he walks in the ways of Jeroboam, “I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat. The dogs shall eat whoever belongs to Baasha and dies in the city, and the birds of the air shall eat whoever dies in the fields”. Since the Lord always does what He says, when Zimri becomes king he kills the entire household of Baasha.

Today we also meet Ahab, another king of Northern Israel, who does more evil than all those before him. He marries the awful Jezebel, daughter of the king of the Sidonians, and they worship Baal together. The Lord sends the prophet Elijah to Ahab to declare His judgment upon him and Israel bc of their wickedness.

Elijah says there will be a drought, no dew nor rain, which is a direct challenge to their false god Baal since Baal is the god of fertility and the dew and rain. Then the Lord instructs Elijah to go and live by a brook where he is fed by ravens. The brook eventually dries up bc of the drought causing Elijah to move. More on that tomorrow.

Over in Judah there is a good king in place, king Jehoshaphat. He walks in all the ways of the Lord and returns Bible Literacy to the people. 🙌

Tomorrow there is an exciting showdown on Mount Carmel! 🔥 Keep reading to see what happens.

(1 Kings 15:16-22, 2 Chronicles 16:1-10, 1 Kings 16:1-34, 1 Kings 15:23-24, 2 Chronicles 16:11-17:19, 1 Kings 17:1-7)



Divided Kingdom Era Overview

An excerpt from “The 14 Eras” booklet by Iva May:

The Divided Kingdom Era

2 Kings, 2 Chronicles 10-36; Obadiah; Joel; Micah; Isaiah; Jonah; Amos; Hosea; Nahum; Zephaniah; Jeremiah; Habakkuk (Israel – 209 years; Judah – 345 years)

When Solomon became king in 971 BC, he spent the first seven years of his reign building God’s temple. Afterwards, he married foreign women, amassed wealth, built an army, and began to follow his wives’ idols instead of the living God. He violated the regulations regarding a king’s character that God had given Israel through Moses in the wilderness (Deut. 17). At the end of his reign, Jeroboam, one of Solomon’s generals, led a rebellion and then fled to Egypt. Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, became king. When the people asked him to reduce their taxes, he listened to the advice of his peers instead of the counsel of the old men. His threat to add to their burden created a mutinous situation. Jeroboam came back from Egypt and took advantage of the people’s anger, and ten tribes broke away from Rehoboam to follow him instead, dividing the kingdom into the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah.

To keep control of his ten tribes, Jeroboam established a new religion, based on the worship of idols he had brought from Egypt. He mixed idol worship with the worship of the true God. Using the feast days and sacrifices of Israel to worship idols, he established two places to worship these idols, and he established a priesthood not based on God’s law. Because Jeroboam led the people to worship idols, he fell under God’s curse, and his whole family died. Forever after, he was known as “Jeroboam, son of Nebat, who made Israel sin,” and his name became a mark of shame. Some families from each of the 10 tribes returned to the southern kingdom to worship the true God.

Nineteen kings ruled after Jeroboam in the Northern Kingdom of Israel; each king acted wickedly and worshiped idols. God sent the northern kingdom prophet after prophet (Elijah, Elisha, Hosea, Jonah, and Amos), who performed miracles and called people to turn from idols back to the living God. The people never returned to God; thus, God raised up the Assyrians against Israel and sent them into captivity away from their land in 722 BC. This captivity fulfilled the promises that God had made Israel in the Blessings and Cursings.

In the southern kingdom of Judah, the people followed God as long as they had a king who followed God and loved His Word. One of the kings of Judah, however, married a wicked princess from Israel, the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, the most wicked king and queen from the north. This princess influenced the king and his people to follow idols, and God sent prophet after prophet (Micah, Isaiah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, Habakkuk) to call His people back to Him. These prophets prophesied of a righteous king from David’s line who would rule His people in righteousness and save His people from their sins. The prophet Jeremiah further prophesied that the nation of Judah’s sins would send them into captivity for seventy years, that the temple would be destroyed, and that they would serve their enemies. Instead of turning away from idols and to God, the people listened to the false prophets and continued in their sin. Jeremiah also prophesied of a time when God would write His law on people’s hearts, not just in the Books of the Law. Isaiah also prophesied of a coming Messiah.

What does the Divided-Kingdom Era reveal about God?

God Speaks

• God warns Israel about the ramifications of idolatry and disobedience through the Blessings and Curses given through Moses hundreds of years before they fall into sin.

• Major prophets speak for God in this era.

God Acts

God withholds rain, destroys prophets of Baal, provides miraculously for Elijah, and does great miracles through Elisha as a rebuke to rebellious Israel.

God raises up nations to oppress Israel.

God sends prophets to call His people to repentance.

God Reveals

• Rulers use idol worship to bind people’s hearts to themselves.

• Good kings lead Israel to worship the true God, while evil kings lead Israel’s hearts away from God.

• God continues to pursue a relationship with Israel by sending prophets to urge His people to repent and turn to Him.

From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 6/4:

Today we read the Song of Solomon also called the Song of Songs indicating that this might be Solomon’s best song. This book has been highly debated over the years. Some say it is an allegory of God’s love for Israel. Others say an allegory of Christ’s love for the church. Some say it’s a love poem between either Solomon and his Shulamite bride, or between a shepherd and a shepherdess.

At face value the song tells the story of a young man and woman looking forward to their marriage and then the pleasure of a sexual relationship within the boundaries of marriage. The couple experiences separation in the story but ultimately they are restored back to each other. The story points out that sex is meant for marriages between one man and one woman. Couples that honor sexual boundaries and the marriage covenant honor the Lord and reflect their love for the Lord to the world. The Lord uses the image of marriage as an illustration of His relationship with His people all throughout the Bible.

Later in the Story Malachi is going to tell us, “For the Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce, for it covers one’s garment with violence…” (Malachi 2:16) And then Jesus will be questioned by the Pharisees about marriage and divorce in an attempt to get Him to misrepresent the law. Jesus will respond saying that the Lord allows divorce under certain circumstances (Deuteronomy 24) bc of our hardened hearts but it was never God’s intent for a married couple to separate. ”Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate… Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.” (Matthew 19:6-8) God desires us to show compassion, love, forgiveness, and restoration in our marriages which displays the character of Christ to the world.

Well, tomorrow we get to read about Solomon and all his marriages. 😬 We are all a mess, even Solomon.

Keep reading.

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